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Which of the following have you seen at your workplace?

  • Employees come in late or stay home with sick kids waiting for an appointment, unsure if it’s something contagious or serious
  • Or,  they come in but keep texting with the kids, trying to decide if an appointment is needed
  • Employees come in late or leave early because of limited appointment availability, and delays in the waiting room 
  • Employees sit on hold at work, questioning bills or trying to get an appointment
  • Lack of access to health care affects employee productivity 

Employers who fully or partially fund Avicenna memberships for their employees find several benefits. The US experience so far suggests that by combining direct primary care membership and lower-cost “wrap-around” insurance policies that carry high deductibles, employers that previously offered more traditional plans often save 20%-33% over previous years

Reducing unnecessary tests, ER visits and specialist care through 24/7 access to a strong primary care home reduces claims against your employees’ insurance plans.  CHI Health recently found this true with its own employees.

Employee perspectives

Many high-deductible plans offer at best one or two “free” primary care visits annually outside federally-mandated preventive care, after which, at best, a fixed co-pay, often $40, is charged. Since employees and family members who are acutely ill are often “worked in,” they may not even see their “primary provider,” which can result in fragmented care, poor communication and duplicative testing.

In off hours, employees might resort to a telemedicine visit, but then are explaining everything to a clinician that does not know them or their family. Research is beginning to show that such visits run their own risks, e.g. over-prescription of antibiotics.

In the rush toward “convenience care,” startups are even doing house calls. Some will save the visit in the patient’s medical record, but once again, a stranger who does not know what is normal for the patient is the clinician “on the spot.”

In short, care that’s “convenient” doesn’t mean good care. If that were true, drive-through windows would have only nutritious food.

So what about those traditional primary care visits? Besides the delays and hassles, additional office visits past the first two (if that) and all illness-related labs are charged against the deductible. Yet most employees in a high-deductible plan never meet the deductible in a given year. So they find themselves trying not to consume health care, which is all out of pocket when the deductible is not met.

Yet prompt diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in employees’ outcomes — and yours. As a BenefitsPro article points out, on average, it would take a decade of DPC fees to equal one potentially preventable hospital visit.

The Avicenna difference

Avicenna members don’t have to worry about “crawling toward their deductibles.” And when you provide a free or partially subsidized Avicenna membership, you can feel better about selecting a high deductible plan, since most employees will not need to use it.

Since the primary care office visits are provided at no extra charge beyond monthly fees, the cost of everyday illnesses (that multiple family members will typically get around the same time!) and minor injuries are more predictable.  When follow-up is needed for an illness, or more than one family member is sick, those saved office visit fees and reduced travel time really add up!

DPC also offers unhurried visits to address nagging problems and reduce future risk.

Your employees’ attendance, health, and productivity are all enhanced when an employee has easy, prompt access to health care and can receive definitive treatment as soon as possible. That’s a benefit that your high performers will notice — and stick around for.

With greater access to preventive care and the security of ready access to Drs. Mannan and Malik, our practice benefits your employees, just as much as your bottom line.

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